Topic: rural development

Is the World’s Largest Public Workfare Programme Crowding Out Private Employment?

Based on the research of Sumit Agarwal, Shashwat Alok, Yakshup Chopra and Prasanna Tantri A new study of the Indian government's employment guarantee scheme looks at its impacts on labour movement and supply, and firm productivity, investment and profitability, both in the short and long term. The paper uses establishment-level employment and operating data to examine the potential effects of the Mahatma …

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Is MGNREGA Destroying Factory Jobs?

As Budget Day draws near, economic policy makers in the country are likely to shift their attention to the allocation of funds to various programmes planned for the upcoming year. MGNREGA is one such programme. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which aims to provide at least 100 days employment to the rural unemployed and underemployed by engaging …

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Climate and Society: Beyond General Circulation Models

Responses to climate change need to be understood at different temporal and spatial scales of its contingent formation, rather than being derived mechanistically through analyses of presumed climate impacts. Governmental, social, and household level responses to climate change must be undertaken despite substantial uncertainty about the location, intensity, frequency, and disruptive potential of many climate impacts and ongoing social transformations. At …

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Institutional Arrangements for Evolving Climate Policy in India

A right mix of top-down and bottom-up approach is needed for meaningful outcomes from a climate policy. To this end, the strengthening of institutional aspects are crucial in facilitating and engaging players and institutions at all levels to effectively implement both national and state level climate action plans. Developing countries are increasingly vulnerable to climate change related risks due to their …

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